Celebrate African-American History Month!

February is African-American History Month and we invite you to celebrate it with us.

Events

We are pleased to announce that the Jeffersonville Township Public Library has been awarded a Library of America Lift Every Voice grant to implement public programming that explore African American poetry and the Black experience in history and memory. The programming period corresponds with the release of Library of America’s new African American poetry collection, also titled Lift Every Voice. The collection is available for checkout at Jeffersonville Township Public Library.

The two-part program will take place via Zoom:

  • On Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m., a Zoom program will feature a reading of poems from the new collection followed by a panel discussion featuring African American Poetry scholar Dr. David Anderson of University of Louisville. View the recording on YouTube.
  • On Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m., a Zoom program will feature poet Mitchell L. H. Douglas reading from his work. Following the reading, Douglas and Anderson will discuss how the poems read fit within the theme of Black experience in history and memory. View the recording on YouTube.

Links

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History – The founding organization of Black History Month has a large site with useful information. There will be a virtual festival on February 20. Registration is available on their site. The topic for 2021 Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
  • Information Please Almanac – Search for Black History Month. This site provides many links to sites. There are quizzes on a variety of topics in African-American History and information on many topics.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to African-American History Month – In addition to their guides, they include biographies, lesson plans, primary source documents, images, and topics for Black History.
  • The History Channel – Search for Black History Month. The History Channel site includes information on the programs they will televise during February and video clips, biographies, and other aspects of Black History.
  • Smithsonian Institution – The Smithsonian has a wide range of resources including the Harlem Renaissance, the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, African-American writers and artists, inventors, entrepreneurs and many more.
  • Library of Congress – This site will provide resources for a wide variety of subjects from biographies, African-Americans in the Military, African-Americans in a wide range of activities.
  • African-American History Month – This site is sponsored by the National Archives, Library of Congress, and the National Parks Service, and the National Gallery of Art. Endowment for the Humanities, the National Holocaust Museum.
  • BET Network Black History Month – This has a wide variety of information on individuals and an interesting collection of people of different generations with similar talents.
  • Famous Black Inventors – Information on famous past inventors and information for potential inventors is provided. Many of the inventors are currently inventing.
  • Famous Black Scientists, Writers, and Artists – Information on all of these categories is available on this site.
  • Famous Black Businessmen – Information on Black business leaders throughout the world is found here.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – The museum, located in Cincinnati is open with restrictions, but there are many online resources available to all. It has information on the railroad and had lesson plans, and online exhibits in many areas, including modern slavery.
  • Microsoft Black History Month 2021 – There will be a month of programs for students aged Kindergarten through high school. The program includes 13 different historical sites or museums. There is interactive material for all ages and programs designed to help teachers and students.

Kids Books

Click on a book title to view it in our catalog and place it on hold for curbside pickup!

AuthorTitleCall #
Alexander, KwameThe UndefeatedJE ALE
Bryan, AshleyABC of African-American poetryJE BRY
Bandy, Michael S.White WaterJE BAN
Bardhan-Quallen, SudiptaThe United States v Jackie RobinsonJE BAR
Barner, BobDem BonesJE BAR
Battle-Lavert, GwendolynPapa’s MarkJE BAT
Becker, HelaineCounting on KatherineJE BEC
Birtha, BeckyLucky BeansJE BIR
Blue, RoseRon’s Big MissionJE BLU
Bolden, TonyaRock of Ages: a tribute to the Black churchJE BOL
Burleigh, RobertLangston’s Train RideJE BUR
Cline-Ransome, LesaLight in the DarknessJE CLI
Cole, HenryUnspoken: a story of the Underground RailroadJE COL
Coles, RobertThe Story of Ruby BridgesJE COL
Collier, BryanUptownJE COL
Evans, Freddi WilliamsA Bus of Our OwnJE EVA
Evans, ShaneWe MarchJE EVA
Everett, GwenLi’l Sis and Uncle Willie: the life and paintings of William H. JohnsonJE EVE
Farris, Christine KingMarch on! The day my brother Martin changed the worldJE FAR
Ford, JuwandaK is for Kwanzaa: a Kwanzaa alphabetJE FOR
Giovanni, NikkiRosaJE GIO
Greenfield, EloiseThe Great Migration: Journey to the NorthJE GRE
Grigsby, SusanIn the Garden with Doctor CarverJE GRI
Harrington, JaniceThe Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar CountyJE HAR
Hughes, LangstonThat is my Dream!JE HUG
Johnson, AngelaAll Different Now: Juneteenth, the first day of FreedomJE JOH
Johnson, James WeldonLift ev’ry voice and singJE JOH
Levinson, CynthiaThe Youngest Marcher: the story of Audrey Faye HendricksJE LEV
Lester, JuliusBlack Cowboy, wild horses: a true storyJE LES
Levine, EllenHenry’s Freedom BoxJE LEV
Lindbergh, ReeveNobody owns the sky: the story of “brave Bessie” ColemanJE LIN
Lorbiecki, MarybethSister Anne’s handsJE LOR
Lyons, Kelly StarlingEllen’s BroomJE LYO
McGill, AliceMolly BannakyJE MCG
McKissack, PatGoin’ Someplace SpecialJE MCK
McKissack, PatOur Martin Luther King BookJE MCK
Malaspina, AnnTouch the sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic high jumperJE MAL
Martin, Lee AnneA March for FreedomJE MAR
Miller, Pat ZietlowThe Quickest Kid in ClarksvilleJE MIL
Nikola-Lisa, W.Summer Sun Risin’JE NIK
Peppas, LynnJuneteenthJE PEP
Pinkney, Gloria JeanBack HomeJE PIN
Polacco, PatriciaJanuary’s SparrowJE POL
Ramsey, CalvinBelle, the last mule at Gee’s Bend: a Civil Rights StoryJE RAM
Ransome, JamesThe Bell RangJE RAN
Ringgold, FaithAunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the SkyJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithIf a Bus Could Talk; the Story of Rosa ParksJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithMy Dream of Martin Luther KingJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithTar BeachJE RIN
Robinson, SharonTesting the Ice: a true story about Jackie RobinsonJE ROB
Schroeder, AlanMinty: a story of Harriet TubmanJE SCH
Shelton, Paula YoungChild of the Civil Rights MovementJE SHE
Slade, SuzanneWith Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a SchoolJE SLA
Smith, Charles R.Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack JohnsonJE SMI
Trollinger, Patsi B.Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the Greatest JockeysJE TRO
Troupe, QuincyLittle Stevie WonderJE TRO
Walker, Sally M.Freedom Song: the story of Henry “Box” BrownJE WAL
Walter, Mildred PittsBrother to the WindJE WAL
Weatherford, Carole BostonFreedom in Congo SquareJE WEA
Weinstein, Muriel HarrisWhen Louis Armstrong taught me ScatJE WEI
Whelan, GloriaFriend on Freedom RiverJE WHE
Winter, JonahLillian’s Right to Vote: a celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965JE WIN

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